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Moonshine vs Brandy - What's the difference?

moonshine | brandy |

As nouns the difference between moonshine and brandy

is that moonshine is the light of the moon; moonlight while brandy is an alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.

As a verb brandy is

to preserve, flavour, or mix with brandy.

As a proper noun Brandy is

{{given name|female|from=English}} derived from brandy, an alcoholic liquor. Mostly seen in American usage during the 1970s and 1980s.




(en noun)
  • (literally) The light of the moon; moonlight.
  • Illegally distilled liquor, so named because much of the manufacturing process is often conducted without artificial light at night when the moon is shining.
  • They watered down the moonshine .
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter IV
  • “Wish I'd been more polite to that girl,” the sheriff remarked regretfully. “ I ain't had a bite to eat since four o'clock this morning, and I'm hungry as a wolverine. … I know she'd have give me another drink of that old moonshine she has.”
  • (colloquial) nonsense
  • He was talking moonshine .
  • * , 2012 interview.'>citation
  • "We forget what we have learned in the last 60 years. At university I once asked one of my lecturers why he was not talking to us about continental drift and I was told, sneeringly, that if I could I prove there was a force that could move continents, then he might think about it. The idea was moonshine , I was informed."
  • (mathematics) A branch of pure mathematics relating the monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions; see (monstrous moonshine).
  • (US) A spiced dish of eggs and fried onions.
  • (obsolete) A month.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Wherefore should I / Stand in the plague of custom and permit / The curiosity of nations to deprive me / For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines / Lag of a brother?


    * (moonlight) moonbeam * (illegal liquor) bathtub gin, bootleg, corn liquor, hooch, mountain dew, white lightning, coon-dick, coondick

    Derived terms

    * moonshiney, moonshiny





    (wikipedia brandy)


  • (uncountable) An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.
  • (countable) Any variety of brandy.
  • (countable) A glass of brandy.
  • Derived terms

    * apple brandy * apricot brandy * brandy Alexander * brandy and soda * brandy-ball * brandy-bottle * brandy butter * brandy-cherry * brandy-cowe * brandy paper * brandy-pawnee * brandy-peach * brandy-smash * brandy snap * brandy-wine * cherry brandy * cider brandy * corn-brandy * cut brandy * peach brandy * plum brandy * pomace brandy


  • To preserve, flavour, or mix with brandy.
  • See also

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